Glenmorangie is celebrating the Golden Age of American Whiskey this week with the opening of Spice & Rye: a vibrant Speakeasy cocktail bar in the heart of Fitzrovia, London, from 21st – 24th March.
The creation of the spice-inspired, roaring 1920s-style temporary bar marks the release of Glenmorangie Spìos: the 9th release in the Highland single malt’s explorative Private Edition range. Glenmorangie Spìos is the first ever single malt scotch that has been entirely aged in American ex-rye whiskey casks and showcases Glenmorangie’s expertise and experimentation with different types of wood.
Situated on Percy Street W1, Spice & Rye opened its doors last night to celebrate rye whiskey’s heyday as the spirit of choice at the turn of the last century. Guests enter the bar via an apothecary-style spice shop
where they are greeted by a mysterious spice seller offering an array of exotic epicurean delights. They are then invited to continue their journey by stepping through a hidden entrance in the shop to navigate their way through a secret passageway that transports them into one of the most dynamic and exhilarating decades of the past.
Once ensconced inside the lively 1920s-style space, guests are hosted by insightful bartenders telling entertaining tales, wisecracking hosts and a swinging jazz band elevating the atmosphere. At the bar, imbibers are invited to choose from an array of delectable bespoke drinks, each one inspired by a time that made *whisky cocktails so significant and using a selection of spices and unique flavours.
– High & Rye: made with Glenmorangie The Original, ginger, pineapple, topped off with rye beer
– Bloodstone: a twist on the classic Blood & Sand, made with coffee infused Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban, Rubino and Cocchi Torino
– Chapel St Sour: a blend of Glenmorange Nectar D’Or, Rinquinquin, lemon and toasted coriander seed
As the original whiskey used to create some of the world’s most renowned cocktails in the 1920’s, American rye then fell out of favour as Scotch became more sought after. Now, as rye whiskey once again becomes one of the sought after dark spirits of the moment, Spice & Rye showcases the coming together of cultures: one of Scotland’s most celebrated single malts with arguably America’s most in vogue influential dark spirit.
Spice & Rye is open from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th March, @ 14 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London W1. Guests are advised to pre-book online and reserve their space in the bar with one of our bespoke cocktails or a dram of Spìos at: https://www.eventbrite.
*The spelling of the word whisky is a widely discussed subject and varies depending on where the product originates from. In Scotland, it is spelt without an e: whisky, however in USA and Ireland, it is usually (but not always) spelt with an ‘e’: whiskey.